Sunday, June 27, 2010

Valve tappet adjusting

Just a quick hour appeared and I adjusted the valve clearances after the head replacement. Can't wait to fire her up again - I have a busy two weeks ahead so the van will have to wait!

Friday, June 4, 2010

"New" timing cover...

The original timing cover had a felt seal (made of wool?) that "restricted" oil flow. Later BMC vehicles had a rubber seal. I decided to upgrade mine to hopefully slow the oil leaks. You can see the differences in the shot below. The cover can be purchased new for $300 AUD, or a second hand one for under $100, I took the later option!

I fitted the cover and loosely did up the bolts. Then used a series of ratchet extenders and a large socket to tap the crankshaft pulley into place. This (in theory) should help centre the seal and pulley join. I then did up the bolts. Used a paper gasket! Paper, wool, leather - amazing materials they had to use in the old days to prevent oil leaking.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Where's your head at?!?

Well, my head is back on and torqued up. The head has been cleaned and checked, run over the plane to ensure she is flat, a new valve sleeve put in (to replace a cracked one) and is ready to go. Can't wait to start her up, next job is the clearances on the rockers.

These people helped with the head, highly recommended: Frankston Engine Centre18 Kitson St, Frankston VIC 3199(03) 9781 5532

The chap at the above establishment raised his eyebrows VERY high when I told him the head was going onto a Morris JB. He told me that as an apprentice he replaced clutches on a fleet of JBs run by Princes laundry service in a bayside suburb of Melbourne (Mordialloc) in the '60s. I had a hunt around and found this photo - is that a JB van in the background(click to enlarge)?
had some interesting photos - I found this one, also of the Princes Laundry with company vans out the front (Morris LD vans, perhaps?):